Kelly Bates
Personal information
Date of birth: (1975-07-27) July 27, 1975 (age 44)
Place of birth: Humboldt, Saskatchewan
Career information
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
Career highlights and awards
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Kelly Bates (born July 27, 1975) is a former professional Canadian football guard and former head coach of the Simon Fraser Clan. He was drafted by the BC Lions in fourth round of the 2001 CFL Draft. He played CIS football for the University of Saskatchewan Huskies.

College careerEdit

Bates was a core member of the University of Saskatchewan Huskies offensive line and helped the Huskies win the 1998 Vanier Cup.

Professional careerEdit

BC LionsEdit

Bates was selected by the BC Lions in the 2001 CFL Draft (4th round, 32nd overall). In 2004, he missed 7 games to a knee injury and started 11 games. In 2005, Bates started all 18 games including the West Division Championship. In 2006, he again started all 18 regular season games, the western final, and the 94th Grey Cup. Bates was blamed by team-mates for breaking the Grey Cup after BC won it in 2006. He has been a starter on the team since 2003.[1]

Winnipeg Blue BombersEdit

Bates was traded to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on May 14, 2009.[2]

Coaching careerEdit

Bates was the running backs coach and Canadian College Draft coordinator for the BC Lions from 2012 to 2014. In 2015, he became the head coach of the Simon Fraser Clan.[3]


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